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15 Hottest Markets at the Close of 2021

The top housing markets in the country spread across 14 states, reflecting Americans’ willingness to search far and wide for housing affordability. Realtor.com®’s latest rankings reflect the market demand and where homes sell the fastest.Manchester-Nashua, N.H., returned to the top spot in the December 2021 index. The area ranked as the hottest housing market eight times last year.“In recent months, [as] pricey Wes

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The More Houseplants the Better

Since the pandemic began, more homeowners have been adding plants inside their homes—a closer tie to the outdoors after being cooped up indoors more. Studies have suggested that the extra houseplants are making people better at their jobs and happier too.A recent study conducted by Cinch Home Services, a home warranty firm, found that people with five or more houseplants are more likely to indicate feeling satisfied with their jobs, productivit

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15 Commercial Hot Spots

Florida shone as home to many of the hottest commercial markets in the country in the fourth quarter of 2021. The state boasts nine of the top 15 commercial real estate markets, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2021 Q4 Commercial Real Estate Metro Market Reports.NAR’s Commercial Real Estate Market Conditions Index reflects market trends in the multifamily, office, industrial, retail, and hotel sectors in 390 metro are

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Average Size of Mortgage Loan Hits Record High

The average dollar amount of a mortgage purchase application hit a record of $418,500 as higher home prices force buyers to borrow more, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported this week.“The continued rise in purchase loan application sizes is driven by high home price appreciation and the lack of housing inventory on the market—especially for entry-level homes,” says Joel Kan, vice president of economic and industry forecasters for the

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Mortgage Rates Surge for Third Consecutive Week

Mortgage rates are on the rise in the new year, just like economists predicted. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, which is up 45 basis points in less than a month, averaged 3.56% this week compared to 3.11% in the last week of 2021.“Mortgage rates moved up again as the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield rose and financial markets adjusted to anticipated changes in monetary policy that will combat inflation,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief eco

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Existing-Home Sales Reach Highest Point Since 2006

Existing-home sales ended 2021 on a high note as home buyers rushed to buy a home to take advantage of ultra-low mortgage rates. Overall, sales were up 8.5% in 2021 compared to 2020, the National Association of REALTORS® reported Thursday. But the new year could bring about lower sales numbers as more buyers become priced out and find fewer and fewer choices of homes for sale.The signs of a slight slowdown are already popping up. In December 202

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Single-Family Rents Post Record Growth

Property owners are charging more for their single-family rentals as demand soars. Single-family rental prices continue to rapidly increase with record growth, according to CoreLogic’s Single-Family Rent Index. In November 2021, single-family rent growth nationally rose 11.5% year-over-year.Annual rent price growth has continued to double—and even triple—in the last several months in some markets, according to the index.“Improvements in t

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Buyers May Find Opening with Mortgage Credit

Mortgage credit availability loosened in December, even as house hunters continue to face higher prices that are hampering affordability, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.MBA’s Mortgage Credit Availability Index posted its highest reading since May 2021. However, credit availability is still 30% below pre-pandemic levels."Credit supply increased in December, with growth across both conventional and government segments of the market

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10 Popular Winter Home Destinations

Ever since the pandemic began, vacation home rentals and sales have surged as Americans search for getaways to rent out or enjoy themselves. In the first quarter of 2021, vacation homes climbed 46% year-over-year, according to realtor.com®.“Given the pandemic, a second home offers a sense of security and personal space that a hotel or vacation rental may not,” Joe Robison, a data reporter at MoveBuddha.com, an online moving resource, told CN

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